Here’s to C.S. Lewis and Old Books

“There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should be content himself with the modern books….This mistaken preference for the modern books and this shyness of the old ones is nowhere more rampant than in theology….Now this seems toContinue reading “Here’s to C.S. Lewis and Old Books”

The Bible’s “Song of Songs” vs. T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland”

(Originally written November 25, 2009) In contrasting Song of Songs in the Bible to T.S. Eliot’s poem The Wasteland, the nature of desire or passion and its difference from love will be considered in an ancient-versus-modern setting. It may be quite a surprise to many when reading the ancient text Song of Songs, that the strong language and headyContinue reading “The Bible’s “Song of Songs” vs. T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland””

Science Fiction as Gothic Literature

I love classic Science Fiction works, and I really love Gothic literature. For some time I have thought of the two genres as being wildly dissimilar: Whereas Gothic lit. is characterized by creepy, old dark things and death, Sci-Fi is concerned with uncharted new things. But are they really so different? After giving it someContinue reading “Science Fiction as Gothic Literature”